Donnelly Accuses Mourdock Of Threatening Medicare

Mourdock argues he has said Medicare should be protected and strengthened.

Joe Donnelly at Nursing Home

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Joe Donnelly visited an Indianapolis senior living facility to celebrate the 47th anniversary of Medicare.

It has been 47 years since America’s seniors began receiving health care coverage under the Medicare program, and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly says his opponent, Richard Mourdock, is a threat to the program’s existence.

There are plenty of issues on which Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock differ.  But there is perhaps nothing the two Senate hopefuls disagree more on than health care coverage in the U.S. be it the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid or Medicare. Donnelly says Mourdock has questioned the very constitutionality of Medicare.

“I can’t think of anything more unsettling or more disturbing to seniors than for somebody to question whether the program that provides them their medical care should even exist,” he says.

Donnelly also says the Medicare reform Mourdock does support, which includes private vouchers for seniors, would cost seniors key health care coverage dollars.

But in a statement, Mourdock campaign spokesman Chris Conner says the GOP candidate has never said Medicare was unconstitutional. Rather, that the health care program should be protected and strengthened.  And Conner says it is Donnelly’s support of the Affordable Care Act that represents a threat to the stability of Medicare.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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